Young People's Chorus of New York City, Francisco J. Núñez, Founder/Artistic Director
Transient Glory™ Concert

Transient Glory V, presented April 29, 2006

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The Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director and Founder
Transient Glory V
Premiering seven new commissioned works
Performance and panel discussion hosted by John Schaefer
with featured composers
Saturday April 29, 8:00PM, 2006
at The Society for Ethical Culture, New York City
2 West 64th Street at Central Park West

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The Boatman's Song in

Transient Glory introduces newly commissioned choral music by the world’s major composers created to celebrate the profoundly transcendent nature of young singing voices. Launched in the year 2000, Transient Glory began as a concert performance series of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City conducted by Francisco J. Núñez to advance the art of children’s choirs throughout the world. The Transient Glory choral series is designed and developed by its editor as a commitment to young voices singing glorious music during that short, transient period of childhood.


Newsday Feature, April 24

Seen in all their 'Glory,' kids rise to the challenge

"You're going to eat? You're going to go outside."

A streetwise edge cuts through Francisco Núñez's words. The artistic director of the Young People's Chorus of New York City is about to start rehearsal for "Transient Glory V," Saturday's concert by the acclaimed ensemble of New York-area schoolchildren. The offending food vanishes, and the maestro's youthful charges snap to attention, awaiting his downbeat.

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Comments from the author's blog, Vilaine Fille

What most impressed me was Maestro Núñez’s respect for the dignity and intelligence of his young musicians. I left academic publishing in large part because it was all about dumbing down. The idea that students might actually thirst for chewy, intelligent, substantial material was seen by those in charge as threatening, even offensive. The YPC’s over-the-moon success and the joy and concentration that the youngsters radiate while grappling with exacting music give the lie to such stinking lowest-common-denominator thinking."


Program Notes for Transient Glory V

Transient Glory V

My First and Greatest Love Affair
music by Bobby Previte, text by EB White, from the “Freedom” essay
for children’s chorus a cappella

Music by Mark Adamo,
Four Poems by Emily Dickinson
for children’s chorus and piano, cello and two clarinets

1. Is Heaven a Physician?
2. Crumbing is not an instants' act
3. We cover thee, sweet face
4. The Life we have is very great

Going North
music by Thea Musgrave,
poems by John Keats (A Song about Myself, from a letter to Fanny Keats, 2 July 1818)
for children’s chorus and two clarinets

Sweet Morning
music by John Corigliano,
Text by Yip Harburg
for children’s chorus and piano

music by David Sawer,
words by Percy Bysshe Shelley
for children’s chorus a cappella

A Child’s War
Music by Derek Bermel,
Lyrics by Albert Bermel
for children’s chorus and piano

1. Small Red Tree
2. Blast
3. Eyes on the Road

music by Rufus Wainwright
text by anonymous, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson
for children’s chorus and to be sung to tape

1. Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine (A)
2. Unseen Buds (WW)
3. One's-Self I Sing (WW)
4. Hope is the Thing with Feathers (ED)



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